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Posted by daniel on October 20, 2003 at 10:44 AM PDT

Despite the economy, we still live in a boom time for new standards and APIs. While you try to keep up with the latest thing, it would be nice to figure out what is real and what isn't.

Brett McLaughlin asks about a specific slice of technology in his blog entry Is anyone actually using XML Encryption and XML Signature? He writes

Being an editor and advocate of open source, I often live in a bit of a bubble. Since my time is generally spent trying to stay ahead of the curve, it's easy to actually lose sight of where the curve really is. In other words, sometimes we get writing and talking about what's coming, and it's hard to tell what people are actually using right now.

Although his specific question is answered in the talkback to his blog, the more general question is unanswerable because it changes every day. What do we need to pay attention to? What's real? How might we track the answers to these questions over time?

Also in Weblogs today Michael Champion asserts that "the Web succeeded because it hit the famous "80/20 point" -- it gave most of what other solutions offered, but at a much lower cost and complexity." In Simplistic subsets Michael points to Ray Ozzie's post demonstrating that Lotus Notes had "'prior art' that --in a rational world -- would invalidate the Eolas patent on embedded hypermedia."

Ozzie's post points out that the technologies of the web were "simplistic emulations of a tiny subset of what we'd been doing in Notes for years." Why, Champion asks, did the "'simplistic subset' succeed so much more dramatically than Notes?"

Daniel Brookshier's blog entry Things change, but remain the same is a somewhat public announcement of a job change. By the way, he's looking to hire someone to replace him in his old job. I also see his post as a cry for help. He's asking for us to draft him to become more active in the Education community. In the meantime, stop by his entry and answer his important question "If you are a teacher, what do you think of collaboration in, out, or between the classroom and the real world?"

In Also in Java Today , we feature pointers to a couple of "how-tos". Mark Johnson writes two tips on using the Enterprise JavaBeans Query Language. One of his tips centers on the use of EJB selects and the other demonstrates a variety of queries on his sample data set. Jim Birchfield shows you how to install and use JCE in his article Master the basics of Java Cryptography Extension. You learn how to generate a key and a cipher and then use them to encrypt and decrypt data.

In Projects and Communities , the Java Desktop community is looking for your JavaOne submissions in the Desktop and Tools categories for BOFs or Sessions. You have until November 21 to submit in any of the twelve categories. Track your submissions with the OSWorkflow project. You can download and experiment with the 2.5 release of this open source workflow system.

We don't often comment on the news items listed on There have, however, been issues with the QuickTime download and our editor Chris Adamson adds the following note to the QuickTime Java story listed below. Chris is also ONJava's QuickTime for Java columnist. He notes

the downside of installing QuickTime 6.4 is that it removes all QuickTime for Java support on Mac OS X 10.2 (aka 'Jaguar'), breaking Java 1.3.1-based QTJ apps." A requirements page ( ) admonishes that "If you are using QuickTime for Java with Java 1.3, you should not upgrade to QuickTime 6.4 at this time," and Apple's QTJ page ( ) says that "support for QTJava with J2SE 1.4.1 on Mac OS X 10.2 is coming soon.

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